Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup

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Updated 27 November 2014
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Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup

Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh Wednesday night.
Playing in front of a capacity crowd of 75,000, Kingdom national team was off to a flying start when Saud Al Khariri gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute when his header found the back of the net following a cross from the left.
However, their joy was shortlived as Qatar equalized a couple of minutes later in a similar fashion when Almahdi Ali Mukhtar headed in a cross from the left.
Qatar’s Boualem Khoukhi netted the match winner from inside the box when his volley beat Saudi goalkeeper hands down.
The Saudis tried to make a fight of it and strove hard for the equalizer but found the rival defense a tough nut to crack.
To the demanding Saudi fans nothing but overall victory would be an acceptable outcome, as the country was looking to end an 11-year title drought in this biennial event.
Instead, they will have to wait for at least two more years to try and win a Gulf Cup title the Green Falcons last won in 2003.
Also, the defeat meant an uncertain future for Saudi Arabia coach Spanish Juan Ramon Lopez Caro.
It was the third championship for Qatar in the history of the prestigious event.


Real Madrid appoint Solari as coach until 2021

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Real Madrid appoint Solari as coach until 2021

  • The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager
  • Solari played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane

MADRID: European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first-team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager in place of sacked former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago.
Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.
He played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane, who became the club’s coach and won three Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.
Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month after the club’s poor run of form culminated in a painful 5-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona.
He has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.
Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.